Caltrans Should Slow Ortega Highway Speed

Re "Driving a Deadly Dinosaur," Aug. 11:

One major cause of the bloodletting on Ortega Highway is Caltrans engineers posting a half-century-old mountain road for near-freeway speeds of 55 mph.

Truly, it must take years of training in highway engineering to pull that one off.

So we see one more outcome of Caltrans' belief that it is blessed with the secular equivalent of papal infallibility. Riverside County's similar obstinacy in refusing to adopt a double-fine policy in their area also doesn't help defuse a nasty situation.

Ed Parr

San Juan Capistrano

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